The Voyeur space on Santa Monica Boulevard is opening as DBA (7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA) this Thursday. It’s a dance club, music venue and interactive creative space, with their first curator, the edgy, Simon Hammerstein. The space will be a nightclub that will provide a “blank canvas” to guest curators who will be invited to take over the space for a seasonal exhibition and create an environment for art lovers and partygoers. Hammerstein will be given full control of the creative direction, including the venue’s exhibition name, decor, fixtures, staging, set/costume design, and creation of a storefront window.
Over seven years ago, Hammerstein opened his first nightclub, New York’s theatre of varieties, The Box. Followed by the London outpost, The Box Soho. Since then, Variety Worldwide has opened The Act in Dubai as well as interactive theatre experience Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. The world Hammerstein is creating inside DBA will be gritty, uncomfortable, and thrilling.
Hammerstein’s collaboration with Cardiff Giant will be his semi‐permanent venture in Los Angeles. He plans on using the nightclub’s adult cabaret license to the fullest. Simon’s work has been described as “a NC-17 mash‐up of Cirque du Soleil and the orgy scene from Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut” and that continuum is exactly what he plans on presenting Angelenos at DBA.